Frank Clark receives franchise tag from Seattle SeahawksLorenzo Reyes, USA TODAYPublished 5:06 p.m. ET March 4, 2019
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With the market of pass rushers quickly shrinking, the Seattle Seahawks did what they could to keep one of their own in house.
The team announced Monday it had placed the franchise tag on defensive end Frank Clark, who had a breakout campaign in 2018. The deadline for NFL teams to apply the franchise and transition tags is Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET.
“Frank and I, we have a great relationship,” general manager John Schneider said last week at the NFL scouting combine. “The communication has been great. There’s a strong level of trust between the two of us. That would be the update.”
Based on numbers released by the NFL, Clark would be set to earn $17.13 million for the franchise tag.
Clark and the Seahawks have until the July 15 deadline to come to a long-term agreement. If they cannot reach a new deal, Clark will be obligated to sign the tag and play 2019 under the conditions stipulated in the tender or decline to sign it and sit out the season.
Clark, 25, was a second-round selection in the 2015 draft and served as a reserve in his rookie season before drawing greater responsibility in recent years. Over his last three seasons, Clark has totaled 32 of his 35 career sacks, including 13 last season.
Clark was one of the young centerpieces in a Seahawks defense that underwent a rebuild that shifted the focus from established veterans within the organization to younger and unproven players. Seattle responded by limiting opposing offenses to 21.7 points a game, ranking 11th in the NFL.
Clark joins Jadeveon Clowney of the Houston Texans, Demarcus Lawrence of the Dallas Cowboys and Dee Ford of the Kansas City Chiefs as the latest pass rusher to receive either tag.
This marks the first time in nine years that the Seahawks have used the franchise tag.
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